Literature, Ethics, Responsibility

Lehrstuhl für Anglistik, insbesondere Literaturwissenschaft


This research project focuses on the specific role literature assumes in historical and contemporary ethical debates. Adopting a diachronic perspective, it studies the manifold ethical dilemmas caused by the individual's confrontation with the overwhelming changes in history, fate, morality, natural science and religion. The catalogue of topics analysed comprise 'theodicy', 'war', the 'Holocaust', and 'Responsibility in the Natural Sciences' and 'The Ethics of Survival'.

Assigned publications

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Modlinger, M., & Sonntag, P. (Eds.) (2011). Other People's Pain: Narratives of Trauma and the Question of Ethics. Oxford u.a.: Lang.
Freiburg, R. (2011). Trauma as Normalcy: Pain in Philip Roth's The Human Stain. In Modlinger Martin, Sonntag Philipp (Eds.), Other People's Pain: Narratives of Trauma and the Question of Ethics (pp. 169-200). Oxford u.a.: Lang.
Bayer, G. (2011). World War II Fiction and the Ethics of Trauma. In Susana Onega, Jean Michel Ganteau (Eds.), Ethics and trauma in contemporary british fiction (pp. 157-177). Amsterdam: Rodopi.
Freiburg, R. (2009). 'Hot little biological engines with bipedal skills': Die 'Ethik der Enzyme und Aminosäuren' in Ian McEwans Saturday. In Lubkoll Christine (Eds.), "Ethical Turn"? : Geisteswissenschaften in neuer Verantwortung (pp. 157-180). Paderborn: Fink.
Freiburg, R., & Bayer, G. (Eds.) (2009). Literatur und Holocaust. Würzburg: Königshausen & Neumann.
Freiburg, R. (2009). 'Moments that murdered my God and my Soul': Der Theodizee-Diskurs im Spiegel ausgewählter Holocaust-Literatur. In Bayer Gerd; Freiburg Rudolf (Eds.), Literatur und Holocaust (pp. 111-139). Würzburg: Königshausen & Neumann.
Broders, S. (2008). I must live, or the universe will die' – Holocaust und Erinnerung in Adam Thorpes The Rules of Perspective. In Bayer, Gerd / Freiburg, Rudolf (Eds.), Literatur und Holocaust (pp. 159-175). Würzburg: Königshausen und Neumann.
Freiburg, R., Meindl, D., & Gerberding, D. (2005). "Memory running out of my mouth so easily, a stream of living water". Erinnern und Erzählen in den Romanen und autobiographischen Erzählungen von Eva Figes (Dissertation).
Freiburg, R., & Gruß, S. (2004). Introduction: Literature and Theodicy, Literature as Theodicy. In Rudolf Freiburg and Susanne Gruß (Eds.), But Vindicate the Ways of God to Man: Literature and Theodicy (pp. 13-48). Tübingen: Stauffenburg Verlag.
Freiburg, R. (2004). Preface in "But Vindicate the Ways of God to Man". In Rudolf Freiburg and Susanne Gruß (Eds.), "But Vindicate the Ways of God to Man": Literature and Theodicy (pp. 9-12). Tübingen: Stauffenburg Verlag.

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